Title: The Girl with the Windup Heart
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #4
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Steampunk, Strong women
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
5th sentence, 74th page: Em likes to read, and she likes it when we can talk about a story.
In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.
London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadverently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.
Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks, The Machinist will claim control of the Aether, and no one in either world will be safe.
To defeat The Machinist for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.
Although I loved this story, I did find it a little disappointing after all of the fantastic tales in this series. It almost felt like a rushed ending for the sake of writing the ending, with two very different storylines not quite intertwined. That’s not to say that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy and love this book, it was just quite a departure from the first three novels that I was a bit… confused.
Mila’s story is continued after her “birth” in The Girl with the Iron Touch. I really loved this character development, although she starts as an automaton, there is this beautiful, emotional creature that is created. The fact that she is the most innocent and vulnerable of the girls (yet, weirdly the most difficult to harm) just helps to further my love for this character. Her relationship with Jack (my favourite literary bad boy) also develops and the way that they are all forced to renegotiate their ties is quite enjoyable. Even Finley, who has chosen her man, has to figure out what Jack means to her and the best way to move forward with the new social dynamics.
The other storyline follows Griffin’s final battle with The Machinist – see what I mean about disjointed? Mila and Jack’s journey don’t really mesh overly well with Griffin’s battle. They just happen to be coinciding with each other. However, I liked the fact that this short series culminated in an epic battle between good and evil. It’s fairly typical and a reasonably common type of battle (dead parents and ancestors help, sacrifice everything in the name of love, etc.). But, the steampunk twist and the indication that all of the characters have their happily ever after, well, there is a reason why it is such a common theme…
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